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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Montreal is complete without tasting the traditional Montreal food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Montreal to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses

  • Baked beans: beans, sometimes baked but usually stewed, in a sauce.
  • Braised Lamb Shanks: made with lamb shanks, onion, bay leaf, carrots, rosemary.
  • Chopped liver: a spread made by sautéeing or broiling liver and onions in schmaltz; adding hard-boiled eggs, salt and pepper, and grinding that mixture.
  • Duck in a can: duck breast, foie gras, balsamic demi-glaze, head of roasted garlic, and thyme.
  • Pâté chinois: made from layered ground beef on the bottom layer, canned corn for the middle layer, and mashed potatoes on top.
  • Shish taouk (Montreal): a Montreal-style chicken shawarma.
  • Tourtière: a meat pie usually made with minced pork and/or veal, or beef.


  • Butter tart: a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada's quintessential desserts.
  • Cotton candy (Dragon's beard candy): is a form of spun sugar.
  • Dandelion Jelly: made with fresh yellow dandelion petals.
  • Jos. Louis Cake: cake rounds with a cream filling within a milk chocolate shell.
  • Maple taffy: a confection made by boiling maple sap.
  • Pouding chômeur: a dessert of Quebec origin.
  • Sugar pie: a single-crust pie with a filling made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, and cream, with brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • Whippets: a biscuit base topped with marshmallow and then coated in a hard shell of pure chocolate.
  • Whoopie Pie: is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake with a creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.

Fast food

  • BeaverTails: (Queues de castor) fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail.
  • Montreal hot dog: is topped with mustard, chopped onion, and sauerkraut.
  • Pizza-ghetti: a pizza, sliced in half, accompanied by a small portion of spaghetti with a tomato based sauce.
  • Poutine: is a common fast food dish comprised of french fries, brown gravy and fresh cheese curds or grated cheese.
  • Tourtière: meat pie, usually made with minced pork and/or veal, or beef.

Street food

Unfortunately street food like food carts are banned in Montreal due to municipal regulations.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Bubble tea: a sweetly flavored tea beverage.
  • Dandelion coffee: an infusion or herbal tea, and coffee substitute, made from the root of the dandelion plant.
  • Maple syrup: made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple or black maple trees.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Alberta Premium: one of the few remaining 100% rye grain Rye Whiskeys produced in North America.
  • Ice wine: a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.
  • Quebec cider: is crafted in the apple-producing regions of Montérégie, Eastern Townships, Chaudière-Appalaches, the Laurentides, Charlevoix and Québec, in Canada.
  • Yukon Jack (liqueur): a whiskey-based liqueur with citrus overtones.

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